Famous piece of Jonah Lomu memorabilia goes on sale for $500,000 - Ruck

Famous piece of Jonah Lomu memorabilia goes on sale for $500,000

There weren’t many ways to stop a rampaging Jonah Lomu, but ripping his shorts off him was at least a decent feat.

Now, for half a million dollars, someone can own the autographed pair that the legendary All Blacks winger had ripped off him in the inaugural Super 12 final, with their purchase to make a sizeable contribution to charity.

Lomu, who died in 2015 from a heart attack associated with his kidney condition, aged 40, scored one of six tries for the Blues in their 45-21 win over the Natal Sharks in the 1996 decider at Eden Park, and during the second half of that match had his shorts torn off by opposing first five-eighth Henry Honiball.

The auction is set to go live on Sunday.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonah Lomu!

RUCK.co.uk shares with you 20 not so well known facts about the late, great All Black legend Jonah Lomu.

1. Size & Power

He weighed 120 kg and was 1.96 metres tall, but could run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds

2. Kidney transplant

After it was confirmed he needed a transplant, the kidney was donated by Wellington radio presenter and Lomu’s long-term friend Grant Kereama.

3. McDonald’s

n 1996, McDonald’s New Zealand named a burger after Lomu, temporarily rebranding the McFeast burger line (called “Mega Feast” in New Zealand) as the “Jonah Burger”.

4. Still fresh…

He only had two All Black caps heading into the Rugby World Cup in 1995

5. On screen…

He is portrayed by Isaac Fe’aunati in Invictus, a film chronicling Nelson Mandela’s journey with the South African rugby team in the 1995 World Cup.